Originally Posted by Andy Sager
Sorry, but you are insulting him. Bettas have been kept in bowls for centuries. EVERY Betta splenden in the aquarium hobby today is a descendant of a Betta that was kept in a bowl ( and not just for a few days either). As long as the bowl has clean water, safe temp and the fish get fed properly, there is no reason they can't be kept in a bowl.
But we've had this discussion before on many other threads. My suggestion would be to better inform people the proper way of keeping them if they are in a bowl(without the afore mentioned requirements) instead of telling people they are wrong for doing so. Explain that it takes more work to keep them in a bowl than a filtered tank but then let them decide how THEY want to keep them. In truth, a bowl is just a tank with round sides. (What's the difference between a 2 gal
tank and a 2 gal
bowl? )I've seen crappy tank setups with Bettas in them as well as bad bowls. It's about the husbandry not the container. The container only changes they way they are properly kept.
Please stop trying to push your agenda with false statements. Help people keep their fish with the facts
It can be and is being done all the time.
I agree 100%. It comes down to the husbandry. I have bettas in containers ranging from a 56 gallon column tank (my sorority) down to 1.75 liter gin bottles with the necks cut off for my jarred bettas. My adult males are in a 10 gal
, a divided 10 gal
, and a 1.5 gal
. All containers are at a nice warm temp (I do not have ac
at the moment, but by winter I will have a nice floating contraption for holding separated fry in my new 40 gallon grow out) and the water is kept very clean. Of course the smaller tanks and "bowls" need way more maintenance, but the fish in smaller tanks do just fine. I just have to change their water out daily or every other day instead of weekly like I do on the bigger, filtered tanks. I also keep the smallest containers bare bottomed for easier maintenance.
For the long term I would say 1 gallon is the minimum water volume for a betta, but of course more work is needed the smaller the tank is.
There is a HUGE difference between a betta in a bowl and, say, a goldfish in a bowl. Bettas have a fairly low bioload and are able to breathe air from the surface, allowing them to live in unfiltered water (not dirty water, but water without the extra oxygen provided by the water movement of a filter). Also, bettas do not handle water movement very well - at least most of today's long finned varieties. So in some ways they do better without a filter, or at least without a strong filter. The key is proper care. With frequent water changes and not overfeeding, a betta can thrive in a bowl as long as the water is warm enough. And hey, they make heaters for bowls.
The only reason I do not keep any bettas in traditional bowls is this - distortion. I can't find any 1-2 gal
bowls that are nice and clear. All the ones I see are not very smooth and have very poor clarity, and I want to be able to see my fish. That and I have enough work with the daily and every other day water changes for the fish I already have in smaller containers.